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User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1379 times:

So, I took the plunge when I was at the LAS Meet a few weeks ago. I'm curious, who else here has been skydiving? If so, give us a quick recap of your experience(s). I've only been once, jumping from a Cessna Turbo 207 at 15,000 feet, with a tandem instructor strapped to my back. What were the pro's/con's of your experience? Would you do it again?

I had a blast and am thinking about taking my younger brother for his 21st birthday in June. Certainly an experience he won't soon forget. What're your thoughts? (Plane pictured below that took off from Jean, NV and I jumped somewhere near Primm, NV [somewhere near the CA/NV line])



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User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1379 times:

OK.. the picture got cropped by a.net.. sorry! If anyone wants the full picture with registry and all, let me know... I'm not sure why it got cut off...

User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1369 times:



Here I am over Germany, second from the right!

Signed,
Skidmarks



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1365 times:

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Thread starter):

 no  no  no  no 

 vomit  vomit  vomit 

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 2):
Here I am over Germany, second from the right!

Signed,
Skidmarks

 rotfl 

Well Done.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26414 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1364 times:

DL021 was a paratrooper in the military. He has done some cool jumps.


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User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1357 times:

Yes, ive jumped from -4metres!!



Although when i was on that i didnt have the little guy holding me and i went higher than this person
If that counts!! i hope to do a real skydive when im old enough to do a tandem!


Rgds --James--



You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlineIlikeyyc From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1373 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1349 times:

I did a jump in Dec. '04 from a height of 13,500'. I have the DVD somewhere. "What a rush" is really all I can say about it.


Fighting Absurdity with Absurdity!
User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6002 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1345 times:

Quite a few of the pre-owned sailplanes I've been looking at come with the optional parachutes—not that their designs are inherantly unsafe—so I figure that I should probably put in a dive or two before commiting to one with those items.

Of course, I could also use the tried and true 1, 2, 3, pull method, but that won't help me with the landing.



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User currently offlineBravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1325 times:

I have done some 6/7 AFFs, Accelerated Free Falls (without anybody strapped to you). Not many places here offered first time AFFs but since that's what I wanted to do at all costs, I found one in the area (almost a 100 miles away) but it took about a month to find a day with good enough weather for it. It was spring and you need near clam winds (with no gusts over certain limit I don't remember), more than once I had to come back almost from the stairs of the ac (a Twin Otter) just because there was one lousy gust! They were only open on the weekends so it took me a while. Two guys jump with you holding on to your arms and legs as in the picture above, you are alone once you pull. A rough estimate $ of my first jump if I include the fuel of my car was probably over 500 bucks.

AND BOY WAS IT ALL WORTH IT!!!!!!! 

I count them among the best moments of my life, more so because I so much wanted to do it JUST for the sake of doing it, its been more than 2 years and NONE of my family or friends know about it. Its probably the first time I've mentioned it here too, I guess when I get my A license (not the top priority right now), I'll break it down to everyone. And no I didn't have my video or pictures taken and I have no regrets what so ever.

The memory of my first jump includes a lot of frustration due to the delays but I will never forget the day I did it, the weather was almost not a factor (comparatively) for the rest of my jumps, I never planned to do more than one but I just got hooked. Now I plan to get at least the A license as soon as I complete my CPL. With the exception of my first jump, I was able to land on my feet on all the rest and there was one jump probably the second one in which I landed about 500 meters away from the mark.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 7):
but that won't help me with the landing.

I may not be the expert but virtually ALL instructors I spoke with said that accidents don't occur because canopies don't open, they happen on landing.

Congratulations Pal!! Its a unbelievable experience that just cannot be explained in words. I was amazed at how different it felt from what I imagined it would feel like. In my case I was amazed that I wasn't scared the slightest bit once the door opened.

Best Regards,
Jawad Usman.

[Edited 2006-04-08 17:52:22]

[Edited 2006-04-08 18:07:58]

User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1302 times:

I've got about 1300 jumps and have non current Static Line and Tandem Instructor ratings and am also a Senior Rigger for Back type parachutes. I've been out of it for a few years due to work and an injury but plan to start back jumping in the next few months.

Here's some of the more memorable things I've done:

1. Made jumps on three different continents - great way to meet locals in other countries and states when you are traveling!
2. Taken about 500 people up for their first jumps - pretty amazing to see the way different people react. Surprisingly very few react with terror(not counting the climbout from the a/c - this is tough for most the first few times). The craziest one was a girl who had an orgasm when the parachute opened on a tandem - very embarrassed young lady!
3. One "Mr. Bill" jump - This is where one jumper, the "Bill" holds on tightly to the second's harness while the second opens his parachute. After flying around like this for a while, the Bill let's go does a second freefall and opens. It's a lot harder than it sounds but a lot of fun.
4. Jumps from as high as 21000 ft and as low as 2000 ft.
5. Landings in interesting and fun places - some intentional others due to bad spots or stronger than anticipated winds, i.e. beaches(Florabama is best, free beer for jumpers!), sand bar in the middle of a river, large field next to a very large bull with a very bright 425 sq. ft. pink parachute(luckily my tandem passenger knew a lot more than I did about dealing with bulls), night demo into a soccer stadium in GYE for the opening night of the pro season, fields full of high cotton(hot tip, forget the wind and land parallel to the rows that stuff is sharp!), about ten feet from the Goodyear blimp as it was tethered in our normal landing field(they were really pissed off but the tandem passenger's boyfriend got a great picture of her landing with the blimp in the background), etc.
6. All the excitement of breaking in more than a few new jump pilots. More than once I've been out on the step that we replace the wheel fairing with when a noobie pilot has stalled the hell out of a 182. It's definitely a wild ride!
7. Great way to get rides in all sorts of airplanes, off the top of my head, I've jumped the following: C-172, 180, 182, 185, 195, 206, and 207, Beech D-18, Twin-Bo, Queen Air, and King Air(90 & 100), DeHaviland Beaver & Twotter, GAF Nomad, Douglas DC-3/C-47, Helio HST-550, Shorts SkyVan(not my favorite, they stall horribly if the CG goes too far aft), and CASA 235.
8. If you thought the A380 evac test was impressive you should see a group of skydivers getting out of the a/c. For large formation jumps it's typically 1.5-2.5 seconds to get 20-40 people out a single door! Of course we'll usually cheat a bit by putting a few outside the door hanging on to the outside of the plane at first. The best for this is the HST-550 or a C-47 - you can easily get 8 outside with either. Obviously tailgate a/c are not as big of a challenge although some(Skyvan as mentioned above have their own little quirks).

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Thread starter):
I've only been once, jumping from a Cessna Turbo 207 at 15,000 feet, with a tandem instructor strapped to my back.

How long were you in the plane? 206/207 are true climbing pigs in most cases and that's a pretty tall fall.



Where are all of my respected members going?
User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1278 times:

Quoting BHMBAGLOCK (Reply 9):
How long were you in the plane?

It was a good fifteen or twenty minutes. We had to circle a bit because ATC put us on hold for a little while. Even after the first guy jumped (I was # 2), they put us back on hold and I had to wait another 3-4 minutes.

Thanks a lot for your response! You've got some pretty great info! Really impressed by your experiences!  Smile


User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1276 times:

I think I've got the photos figured out...

http://cc.usu.edu/~stephenh/LASMeet/LAS16.jpg

Down in Jean, Nevada; about 25 miles south of Vegas. After I'd
already removed my harnass after plummeting 15,000 feet out of the sky!
One of the best experiences of my life!



http://cc.usu.edu/~stephenh/LASMeet/LAS17.jpg

N9962M, my one-way chariot into the great blue sky. (Note: Not in
the a.net photo database! Upon a little googling, it turns up as a
Cessena Turbo 207, manufactured in 1983 and currently registered to
Vegas Extreme Skydiving Inc.)



http://cc.usu.edu/~stephenh/LASMeet/LAS18.jpg

My drop-zone.


User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1270 times:

I have 4 jumps in Eloy, Arizona. They use twin otters and have hosted the world championships quite a few times. They had something like 15 years with no deaths and then one day about 5 years ago they had 2 in the same day from seperate incidents.



User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1263 times:

I've lived a mile from Skydive Twin Cities since 1979, yet I haven't had the guts to try it.


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Photo © Gary Chambers



Mark


User currently offlineLeigh pilgrim From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1249 times:

Have I jumped; Yes
Where; Brisbane Australia, landed on Kings Beach
Would I do it again; at the time I said no, however Im more confident, 14,000..........in the dark!!!, yeehaaa

When we first saw it advertised, I said only an idiot would do something like that...............................maybe thats saying something about me he he he he!


User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1228 times:

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 10):
It was a good fifteen or twenty minutes. We had to circle a bit because ATC put us on hold for a little while. Even after the first guy jumped (I was # 2), they put us back on hold and I had to wait another 3-4 minutes.

Must be a turbine conversion bird that's pretty good. My favorite jump plane is a B-90 a friend of mine outside of MEM owns. He's done a few mods and can put 14 jumpers to 15k in 7 minutes in the dead of summer!



Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 12):
I have 4 jumps in Eloy, Arizona. They use twin otters

They used to also have a DC-3, B-18, Skyvan, and the obligatory Cessna or three. What you see on any given day is hit or miss though as Larry has a very large fleet and provides aircraft with pilots, maintenance, etc. for many DZs and events all over the country. Back when DC-3s were still popular he did a lot of business doing heavy maintenance and engine overhauls.

Quoting Leigh pilgrim (Reply 14):
Where; Brisbane Australia, landed on Kings Beach

Years ago I spent a few weeks in Caboolture and tried to jump there as there was a DZ advertised for the airport only a few blocks from the plant I was working in. Unfortunately they were flaky at best and couldn't make anything happen. The next week though I hit Picton outside Sydney and it was awesome! Very friendly and the best view ever. It's about 50 miles outside Sydney but this was a very clear day and the entire harbor including Opera House and bridge were clearly visible from freefall.

Quoting Bravo45 (Reply 8):
I may not be the expert but virtually ALL instructors I spoke with said that accidents don't occur because canopies don't open, they happen on landing.

By definition, you'll get hurt on landing except in rare cases, i.e. hor. stabilizer hit or mid-air collision. You'll find that skydivers tend to have rather sick senses of humor. That said, controlled(word used loosely in some cases) landings are the source of the majority of injuries and fatalities these days. The numbers of people being killed by malfunctions has dropped a lot due to various improvements in gear, particularly the widespread use of automatic reserve opening backup devices. At the same time, the number of people killed during landing has increased horribly due to wide use of very small, very fast parachutes. They're fun but unforgiving. I personally favor more conservative larger canopies.  old 



Where are all of my respected members going?
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1225 times:

Damn steve, I kinda wish i'd joined you on that trip now Big grin


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1220 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 16):
Damn steve, I kinda wish i'd joined you on that trip now Big grin

Damn skippy! Would've loved to had the company! So how about coming to SLC in June? You're welcome to crash at my place if you'd like...


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1219 times:

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 17):
So how about coming to SLC in June?

Funnily enough, I have 2 weeks off in June Big grin


I'll see if I can sort something out, I may be up to something else in June, although i'm not sure yet....  Wink



Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6002 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1209 times:

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 17):
You're welcome to crash at my place if you'd like...

Or even my place. Besides, I'm closer to the gambling action.  Wink



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1209 times:

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 19):
Or even my place. Besides, I'm closer to the gambling action.

I'd be mad to gamble again  Wink



Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineBravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1172 times:

Quoting BHMBAGLOCK (Reply 15):
I personally favor more conservative larger canopies.

Very wise words there, I intend to always abide by.
Is there a general rule of thumb as to how many jumps will I have to repeat when I go back to get my A licence? If I remember correctly, once you wait more than 30 days between jumps for any reason, you are required to repeat the last one. Its been more than 2 years in my case, I don't remember which category I was on. I had to repeat the one in which your only jump master also lets you go, I started spinning even after he stopped me once though it wasn't too bad. I had the problem sorted out on the next jump.


User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

Just out of curiosity, how expensive is it?

Cheers,
Boeingfanyyz  airplane 



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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2180 posts, RR: 28
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

Quoting Bravo45 (Reply 8):
over 500 bucks

Don't know if that applies everywhere.

Tom Big grin



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User currently offlineBravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1152 times:

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 23):
Don't know if that applies everywhere.

Absolutely not, as I mentioned I chose to start with AFF which is always more expensive than the tandem and further more I calculated the entire cost it took me to get it done, that includes probably more than $100 of fuel I had to burn to make all those trips down there.


25 Post contains links BHMBAGLOCK : This varies a lot from country to country and even from DZ to DZ. Generally speaking you will have to sit in on a new first jump course and then prob
26 MD11Engineer : this picture, does it show Operation Varsity (Largest airborne operation of WW2, carried out by American, British and IIRC Polish paratroopers in spr
27 SlamClick : So what's the difference between golf and skydiving? V V V In golf you go: Whack! "Ah shiiiiit!!" (rimshot)
28 SlamClick : Sorry to say I have not. I really intended to. You spend a couple thousand hours with a parachute strapped to your back, you spend a couple of years w
29 Post contains links BHMBAGLOCK : These days with ram-air canopies it is not nearly as rough on you as you would imagine. Remember that military gear is very different these days from
30 Post contains images CurtisMan : Oh yeah baby!! Last December in Durban, South Africa. 10,000 foot jump. Lovely indeed. I'm in the striped shirt with the smile! Cheers! Len [Edited 20
31 Bjg231 : Just jumped out of a super otter at 14k feet over Houston yesterday actually. I had such a rush that I'm thinking about getting certified sometime in
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